It’s So Easy and Other Lies, a documentary based on Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s memoir begins screening this Thursday at select theaters. In a new clip from film, McKagan looks back at GN’R’s big break: opening for Mötley Crüe in 1987.
“We said, ‘Let’s take these guys on the road,” Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says of recruiting Guns N’ Roses in the clip. “These guys have been great. They’re just like us, they’re coming up. Let’s give them a break. Ozzy [Osbourne] gave us a break.”
“That particular tour was awesome,” said Slash. “Two sort-of hell-raising bands from Los Angeles. One’s been successful for awhile, and one was on the way up. We were from the same gritty street environment in L.A. and we knew each other, so it was just cool.”
The following year, while on tour, Guns N’ Roses learned their debut Appetite for Destruction had hit Number One on the charts, and the record label execs celebrated by hand-delivering a sheet cake to the band backstage. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, a fucking sheet cake,'” McKagan said.